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  Sky Calendar -- May 2022
2 Moon near the Pleiades at 13h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Mercury at 16h UT (20° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.9.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Aldebaran at 6h UT (evening sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near M35 star cluster at 4h UT (48° from Sun, evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 405,285km; angular size 29.5').
6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Most active for 7 days around this date. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 40 per hour. Best seen from the tropics and southern hemisphere a few hours before dawn.
Viewing the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in 2022 (IMO)
Eta Aquarids (Wikipedia)
AMS Meteor Shower Calendar 2021-2022 (IMO)
6 Moon near Castor at 18h UT (evening sky).
7 Moon near Pollux at 0h UT (evening sky).
8 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 4h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
9 First Quarter Moon at 0:21 UT.
10 Moon near Regulus at 0h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Spica at 2h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
16 Full Moon at 4:15 UT.
16 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 3:29 UT and ends at 4:54 UT. Mid-eclipse at 4:11 UT. Partial phases begin at 2:28 UT and end at 5:55 UT. During totality the Moon will turn red-orange in color as it passes into the Earth's shadow. Light passing through the Earth's atmosphere scatters into red colors and reflects off the lunar surface. Visible from the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022 May 16 (PDF) (NASA)
Eclipses of the Moon (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
NASA Live Stream (NASA Science Live)
17 Moon near Antares at 5h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15:29 UT (distance 360,298km; angular size 33.2').
18 Mars 0.52° SE of Neptune at 7h UT (62° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 0.8 and 7.9.
21 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 19h UT. The innermost planet passes into the morning sky.
22 Moon near Saturn at 8h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.8.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
22 Last Quarter Moon at 18:43 UT.
24 Moon near Mars at 23h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
25 Moon, Mars and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 3.3° at 1h UT (morning sky). Mags. 0.7 and −2.2.
25 Moon near Jupiter at 4h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.2.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Venus at 4h UT (38° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −4.0. Occultation visible from SE Asia and Indonesia.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Venus 27 May 2022 (IOTA)
29 Mars 0.58° SE of Jupiter at 11h UT (65° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 0.7 and −2.2.
30 New Moon at 11:31 UT. Start of lunation 1230.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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